ABB wins new hoist order for LKAB in Kiruna Mine, Sweden

The new mine hoist together with the modernization of the following seven existing hoists will ensure high and safe production for another 20 years.

Baden, Switzerland, August 14, 2014 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from LKAB, a high-tech minerals group in Sweden to supply a new mine hoist to its mine in Kiruna.

As the first stage LKAB will install a new hoist, with the option to modernize the other seven existing hoists in its CA hoisting plant within the coming eight to ten years.

“A hoist supplier with an integrated mechanical and electrical offering, plus ABB’s local presence for project execution experience and its strong service organization are, among other things, the main reasons for LKAB to choose ABB as the hoist supplier to secure high and safe production”, says Tom Sterner, Project Manager LKAB.

ABB’s delivery includes mechanical equipment for the hoist plant and shafts, electrical and control equipment, construction, electrical installation, installation supervision, site management as well as commissioning.

The CA hoisting plant, which is the main artery of LKAB's production flow, is raising ore from the sub level (898 m) up to ground level. The purpose of the investment is to achieve high and reliable production for the coming 20 years.

ABB has a long tradition of cooperation with LKAB dating back more than 60 years. The first hoist was delivered to LKAB in 1948. ABB has supplied all 12 production hoists to the Kiruna Mine, five for the sub-vertical level and seven for the CA hoisting plant.

“We are proud of being chosen by LKAB, the biggest iron ore supplier in Europe, thanks to ABB’s leading position as a complete hoist supplier in both mechanical and electrical parts and the long term good cooperation between ABB and LKAB over the years”, says Andreas Malmport, head of ABB’s Global Industrial Segment Underground Mining.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

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    The existing CA hoisting plant at LKAB Kiruna Mine

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